I think it would be a great idea to have a kitchen to help control mess. Right now I'm using a litter box with a hay rack over it, and the whole front part of the cage gets covered in hay as they like to play in it and pull it down. My concern is however- if the kitchen is a seperate box of coroplast, does that not take away from lap running space and room for hideys, etc? Or is this not that big a deal. Like I said, I'm hoping the bottom will be pretty large, so they'll still have space, but I'm just trying to decide if I want a kitchen or not.
One quick, off topic question- the new cage will be open topped, as the dogs aren't allowed in the room it's going in. They've always been in closed cages, though I haven't noticed any climbing or anything on grids. But they do like to shuffle the pigloo around all the time, and have climbed up on it in the past (they go through 'phases' where they do stuff like that). I can keep their other hidey's away from the edges, but has anyone ever had a pigloo-escape problem? Any solution other than to make the edges higher or take away the pigloo?
Either way, I have always had a positive experience with a kitchen area. It does help with some of their elimination but you know piggies, they still go potty everywhere!
Oh and in relation the question about the space: If it is a closed off area, it technically does remove from the running space but considering you are expanding that should be just fine. My kitchen area for 2 girls is a 1x2 space and works out just fine although bigger is always better I'm sure!
Best of luck with the interior decorating!!!
I fail at them, though. Carefresh and hay EVERYWHERE. It got rediculous and nothing I did stopped it. I tried the following things, maybe you'll be better at it.
-Really high sides with a brick step on the outside.
-Little rag rugs around the kitchen area to catch extra.
- Less carefresh
-hay in racks.
I had to put up a second level hay loft. It's the only thing that works and I still get carefresh and hay tracked all down the ramp.
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I never understood the "concept" of a "kitchen", we only had haybins before and never had a kitchen - kitchen.
This is our first try at a kitchen, and I find it makes such a difference with the mess around the cage.
For example, their veggie/pellet bowls are also int he kitchen, so right after they eat, the potty in the kitchen area and not in the "living" area.
I find myself almost can go a whole day without spot cleaning their poops because they toilet mostly after they eat.
Okok, I better stop now, before I jinx it and Mitzy start clanging the hayrack again.
This is our current set up - kitchen, left 2*2, Living, right, 2*4
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I am using fleece/mattress pad strips that I can change out really fast and the "kitchen area" has carefresh. So far, I am loving the combination of the two. I now find that the hay stays in the kitchen area. With 100% fleece bedding, the girls would drag the hay all over. The hay was really hard to get off the fleece.
Anyway, now, even though the carefresh gets on the fleece, it is soooooo much easier to get the carefresh off the fleece then it was to get the hay off....I do have a plastic brush that works well.
By using a combination of both carefresh and fleece, you get the advantages of both and elimination most of the disadvantages...
Also, how'd you train the pigs to only potty after eating? Mine do not stop the poop for anything!
- one pig at a time.
My larger cages have kitchen areas...
The smaller cages have coroplast pans that I made...
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It's pretty much a kitty litter box w/ a layer of puppy pad, newspaper, aspen & carefresh.
Here's an older kitchen area that I used coroplast walls to keep everything in but I pretty much used the same layers-puppy pads, newspaper, aspen & carefresh.
Here's another kitchen area:
WEAVER- I know you've always had mats on your fleece at the entrance to your kitchens. Do these help prevent hay etc from being tracked all over the cage? Do you just shake them off or change them daily or....? And what type of mats are these? Thanks.
And Momo, your new cage is great! Very nice. I really like your hay rack- is it just a bent grid with coro zip tied to the edges?